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The Fenn Street Gang was a British television situation comedy which ran for three seasons between 1971 and 1973. It was a spin-off from the popular series Please Sir! and followed the lives of many of the pupils from Fenn Street School as they entered the world of work. It was written by series creators John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, with episodes by Geoff Rowley and Andy Baker, David Barry and Tony Bilbow. Stars were Peter Cleall, Carol Hawkins (who also replaced Sharon in the 1971 Please Sir! film), David Barry, Peter Denyer and Liz Gebhardt. Leon Vitali replaced Malcolm McFee as Peter Craven during the first series, although Malcolm took this role back for the second and third series. Peter Denyer (Dennis Dunstable) and Liz Gebhardt (Maureen Bullock) were absent from the third and final series. John Alderton (Mr Hedges, their form-master when they starred in Please Sir!) appeared in 3 episodes of the first series of The Fenn Street Gang and in a pair of episodes from the final series of Please Sir!, which ran alongside The Fenn Street Gang in transmission dates.
Although the series ran for two years and 47 episodes, it was less popular than its stable-mate. The characters and humour did not transfer well to the new environment and the series was eventually axed.
1 "'An Englishman's Home'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Philip Casson Sunday 27 May 1973 7:25pm
Duffy and Sharon are engaged and looking for a home of their own. They think they've found one but Frankie Abbott loses them the chance to buy it. Full of remorse, Abbott sets out to try and make amends.
2 "'Mother Knows Best'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Philip Casson Sunday 3 June 1973 7:25pm
Taking a girlfriend home for the first time is always a nerve-racking experience. But whenh you have a mother like Frankie has, the confrontation is particularly difficult!
3 "'Alone At Last'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Mark Stuart Sunday 10 June 1973 7:25pm
Wedding bells are finally ringing for Duffy and Sharon and after all the traditional marriage day hang-ups, all they want is to be alone. But fate has yet one more trick in store.
4 "'Making Whoopee'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Mark Stuart Sunday 17 June 1973 7:25pm
Honeymoons should be unforgettable. Well, Duffy and Sharon will always remember their honeymoon in Majorca - but not for the usual reasons!
5 "'After the Ball'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Mark Stuart Sunday 24 June 1973 7:25pm
Craven has been walking the tightrope of life too long, and naturally it is the idiot Abbott who makes him lose his balance. The question is - can Duffy provide the safety net?
6 "'The Ant and the Grasshopper'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Philip Casson Sunday 1 July 1973 7:25pm
Duffy has taken Craven on as first assistant painter, but their industrial relationship is soon put under strain. Something has to give, and it looks as though the result might be a rise in the unemployment figures.
7 "'Abbott of Arabia'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Mark Stuart Sunday 8 July 1973 7:25pm
Mrs Abbott exerts her authority over Frankie once too often. It changes him into a latter-day "Red Shadow" and he gallops off with Celeste (his new girlfriend) to the registry office . . .
8 "'Full Circle'" John Esmonde and Bob Larbey Mark Stuart Sunday 15 July 1973 7:25pm
Sharon has a little secret. Unfortunately it is somewhat difficult to share with Eric when they are not even talking . . .
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